PREFACE

Dear Readers, the book you have in your hands is a summary of research carried out at the Department of Computer Biomedical Systems, Institute of Computer Science, University of Silesia in Katowice in cooperation with the team of Prof. Edward Wylęgała, D.Sc., M.D. This cooperation resulted in the creation of methods for ophthalmologists support in OCT images automated analysis. These methods, like the application developed on their basis, are used during routine examinations carried out in hospital.

The monograph comprises proposals of new and also of known algorithms, modified by authors, for image analysis and processing, presented on the basis of example of Matlab environment with Image Processing tools. The results are not only obtained fully automatically, but also repeatable, providing doctors with quantitative information on the degree of pathology occurring in the patient. In this case the anterior and posterior eye segment is analysed, e.g. the measurement of the filtration angle or individual layers thickness.

To introduce the Readers to subtleties related to the implementation of selected fragments of algorithms, the notation of some of them in the Matlab environment has been given. The presented source code is shown only in the form of example of implementable selected algorithm. In no way we impose here the method of resolution on the Reader and we only provide the confirmation of a possibility of its practical implementation.

The book is addressed both to ophthalmologists willing to expand their knowledge in the field of automated eye measurements and also primarily to IT specialists, Ph.D. students and students involved in the development of applications designed for automation of measurements for the needs of medicine.

This book is available free of charge in an electronic version. The authors agree to disseminate, duplicate and use in any way free of charge this book. A commercial use of algorithms and images presented is protected by law.

The authors thank cordially Prof. Edward Wylęgała, D.Sc., M.D. and his team for the provided images and valuable guidance and consultations.